Filtration & Life Sciences S&T Director

Job location:
Toulouse, France
Created moment:
July 1, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08408

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Filtration & Life Sciences S&T Director

Job Summary

Leads the PM EMEA Science and Technology (R&D) development efforts, in accordance with Imerys and PM EMEA & APAC BA strategy for Filtration & Life Sciences markets, namely: Agriculture, Animal Feed, Filtration, Water treatment, Cat Litter, Absorbents segments.


Responsible for developing the necessary technologies and laboratory capabilities to support of PM EMEA Filtration & Life Sciences (new products, new applications, new services)
Participate in nurturing Imerys relationships with PM EMEA customers, in particular customers’ R&D
Sets overall S&T plan on the PM EMEA Filtration & Life Sciences  markets roadmaps issued from Marketing and define with business the prioritization of technical work
Works closely with Filtration & Life Sciences market VP (and/or delegates) to:
Drive NPD technical development of PM EMEA Filtration & Life Sciences markets with a focus on short and medium term projects
Manage NPD projects for PM EMEA Filtration & Life Sciences markets through accolade
Ensures tight coordination with PM EMEA Operations and Filtration & Life Sciences markets teams (Commercial, Marketing and Business teams, Technical Services)
Ensure coordination between other  PM geographies (Americas, APAC) to avoid duplication and knowledge/asset/skill
Leads Filtration & Life Sciences S&T team through appropriate management rituals and attracts, develops and retains team members in his/ her perimeter (beyond direct reports) 
Act as a key member of the BA S&T management team in Europe


Technology Accountability: efficient use of resources to deliver timely technology solutions
Portfolio of R&D projects Co-Accountability with Business leaders for Filtration & Life Sciences  : Portfolio vitality (number of gates passed and launches), alignment with market strategy, and NPD sales   
Laboratory safety and lab assets acquisition and maintenance
Opex & Capex budget for Filtration & Life Sciences S&T labs and team members
Team and people growth (incl. coaching and development plans of direct reports)
IP portfolio development and maintenance for Filtration & Life Sciences 

Solid line: managers or individual contributor from S&T functions assigned to the Filtration & Life Sciences S&T teams (Engineers or Technicians)
External stakeholders: customers, professional associations, scientific communities, Universities, external companies for subcontracting lab works

Competencies & experience:
Seasoned S&T (R&D) engineer or PhD
Technology and/or application development
Intellectual property portfolio development 
Strong interpersonal skills
Experience managing scientists and technical teams
Product development from idea to launch
Demonstrated capability to deliver results in a challenging environment
Business acumen
Extensive internal & external technical networks in polymer and rubber industries

Ideal background/ experience:
PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Natural sciences (biology, agronomy..) 10+ years of work experience, including 5-10 years of leadership roles R&D roles in industry related to filtration or life sciences

Typical profile
S&T Senior Manager or R&D Director in Filtration & Life Sciences  markets

Location: Toulouse, France

Position Type

Full time



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